New bill would make sure children get dental screening

LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) - New legislation in the Michigan House would make sure every kid starting kindergarten would get a dental screening.

The package was announced Tuesday lawmakers and dentists at the STEM Magnet School in Lansing. They say a child's oral health is directly connected to their performance in the classroom.

Representative Scott VanSingle, a Republican from Grant said, "We've talked to numerous teachers and people in the education industry that say there's kids that sit in my classroom holding their teeth, they have an abcess, or they have decay, and that's the only thing on their minds that day is how much my tooth hurts. They're very preventable issues."

The legislation is backed by 25 republicans and democrats in the State House.

A committee hearing is set for next Wednesday.